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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Friday, January 23, 2009

Plan Ahead Boston: The 'Nac Recommends

A few upcoming events, both very soon and a little later on, that I'm compelled to bring to the attention of any and all Boston-area Almanac readers. Some truly great stuff ahead...

Tomorrow night sees the very first benefit show for the wonderful Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. While the Armory itself is located on Highland Ave., the fund-raising event is happening at the Somerville Theatre over in Davis Square. Three fantastic bands have donated their musical services to the worthy cause: Mission of Burma, The Neighborhoods, and Faces on Film will take the stage to introductions by emcee Jimmy Tingle. Tickets for the altruistic, all-ages evening are still available at the Somerville Theatre and Middle East box offices, or via Ticketb@sterd if you're up for some extra service charges.

Monday night, the 26th, introduces us to another new venture that is focused on helping artists thrive: Illius Rock. The start-up, which has the goal of directly connecting bands with their fans, will host a free launch party at the Middlesex Lounge near Central Square in Cambridge. Four bands will perform in the intimate setting: The Main Drag, The Wandas, All These Kings, and It's From the Sky. To get an idea of what Illius is trying to do, have a look around their sub-site for It's From The Sky. In a nutshell, fans and followers of bands on Illius are able to help directly fund specific projects (studio time, tours, cd pressing) and in return get added access, cool merch, and more. Cuttin' out the middle man, and giving you something special in return. It's something that's become far more common over the past year or so, and will only expand as the broken major-label system continues its slow descent into irrelevancy. More power to the music-makers, I say.

Here's something very different from the norm, and utterly intriguing: Next week, on Wednesday the 28th (7pm) and Thursday the 29th (8pm), Bryce and Aaron Dessner (of the National and Clogs) will be in town to take part in a special project at M.I.T.'s Broad Institute Auditorium entitled "Darkness Visible".

The two-night event includes multimedia collaborations (between the Dessners and visual artist Matthew Ritchie, joined also by sound designer David Sheppard and M.I.T. Professor/instrumentalist Evan Ziporyn), a lecture, a Q&A session, and the unique performance of some music that Bryce Dessner wrote for string quartet and small orchestra (consisting on Thursday of M.I.T. and Wellesley students). Not only does it sound totally fascinating, but it's completely free and open to the public.

The following week, on Tuesday, February 3rd, Austin's Heartless Bastards will celebrate the release of their third album, "The Mountain", at Allston's Great Scott. That's the very day it arrives in stores (thanks to the Fat Possum label), and just the third day of their national tour, so the band is bound to be in very high spirits. It's another one of the fine Fenway Recordings Sessions, so DJ Carbo will also be there to spin tunes before and after their set. Listen to some Heartless Bastards at MySpace, or grab the album's title track here...

Heads up for area fans of School of Seven Bells (who released one of my favorite records of '08) - We don't have to wait until Sunday, February 15th to see them at the Paradise (opening for Fujiya & Miyagi). In fact, we can see them do a longer set a week earlier, and on a Friday night, when they play a show at Wellesley College. It's free for students, but open to the public for a measly 5 bucks. Details here.

And finally, congrats are due to Jen in Cambridge, who was my randomly-chosen winner for the two tickets to see tomorrow's Longwave / Wheat / Bon Savants show at Great Scott. See y'all there.

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